Toy Reviews

So, what qualifies me to write toy reviews?

Once upon a time, the only junk lying around the house was mine. Headphones, gadgets, make up, hairbrushes. I’ll be honest – I’ve never been a neat freak.

But now my house is constantly cluttered with toys. My toddler isn’t happy unless there’s barely enough floor space to move and if I’m not tripping over toy cars, then I’m skidding across the floor on them.

With so many in the house, we’ve started to write toy reviews to try and help out those thinking about making a purchase. We won’t be reviewing all of our sons’ toys (there aren’t enough hours in the day). But we’ll pick out a selection and post them right here on the blog.

As far as toy reviews go, don’t expect anything too technical. I probably won’t share dimensions, spec etc. I tend to look at reviewing toys as being a process of telling you guys how many son enjoys something and the general quality and value for money.

I tend to post a lot of thoughts and photos of our boys and their toys over on Instagram too. Hope to see you there!

Lego Advent Calendars 2020

Lego Advent Calendars 2020
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Generally, I treat my sons to toy advent calendars each Christmas. I like to think of it as something of an early Christmas present. Amongst the best advent calendars we’ve ever bought our sons were…

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Best Baby Walkers for Carpet

Best Baby Walkers for Carpet
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With our third baby on the way, it’s back to thinking about all the things we might need to re-buy (no, we did not keep everything we should have kept from our previous two). We’re…

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The Best Toy Advent Calendars of Christmas 2020

The Best Toy Advent Calendars of Christmas 2020
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I know that the last thing kids need in the run up to Christmas is more toys. But I do love a good Advent Calendar. The rise in non-chocolate advent calendars has been significant over…

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The Best Paddling Pools for Toddlers and Young Children

The Best Paddling Pools for Toddlers and Young Children
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Some of my favourite childhood memories are of paddling pool days in the garden. And it’s the same for my sons. They both just LOVE playing with water in the garden. And when we tell…

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The Best Electric Cars for Kids

The Best Electric Cars for Kids
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We bought our son an electric ride on car last Christmas. We wanted one that would be suitable for a toddler but that would last – so we wanted a parental controls remote that could…

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Feeling Sleepy with the Fisher-Price® Butterfly Dreams™ 2-in-1 Soother

Feeling Sleepy with the Fisher-Price® Butterfly Dreams™ 2-in-1 Soother
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Our youngest, Ethan, is generally a great little sleeper. But where we definitely have had bad nights is getting him down to sleep in the first place. We’ve never nursed him off to sleep or…

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Fisher Price Think and Learn Teach n Tag Movi – Christmas 2017’s Top Toy?

Fisher Price Think and Learn Teach n Tag Movi – Christmas 2017’s Top Toy?
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I’m shamelessly a Christmas fanatic. And the second September hits I start planning for the big day! I’m always interested in what the top toys at Christmas are. I have two boys, so that’s one…

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Mud Kitchens: Who’d Have Thought There was so Much Choice?

Mud Kitchens: Who’d Have Thought There was so Much Choice?
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The first time we visited East Riddlesden Hall, we ended up spending absolutely ages in the amazing little “Discovery Garden,” there. That’s because there’s an amazing mud kitchen there and our toddler just couldn’t get…

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The Best Toys for 2 Year Old Boys

The Best Toys for 2 Year Old Boys
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Our house often feels like one giant playroom. We have a room at the back of the house which is designated as a playroom, but it doesn’t stop the toys, clutter and general mess that…

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Y Volution Y Velo Junior Review – A Balance Bike for a 2 Year Old Toddler

Y Volution Y Velo Junior Review – A Balance Bike for a 2 Year Old Toddler
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At about 19 months, our eldest son was clearly too big for his Scuttlebug. It looked uncomfortable for him to ride it, but he was happy enough continuing to do so. By 23 months, he…

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Melissa and Doug Service Station, Parking and Car Wash Review

Melissa and Doug Service Station, Parking and Car Wash Review
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I love wooden toys. In an age where it seems everything is electronic, there’s something so refreshing about more traditional toys and that’s probably why I’m a little bit in love with Melissa and Doug’s…

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Little Tikes 4 in 1 Trike Review (Based on 10 Month Old Using it)

Little Tikes 4 in 1 Trike Review (Based on 10 Month Old Using it)
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I spent hours and hours researching staged trikes in October and November last year. We were looking for one as a gift for our son, who was to be 10 months old at Christmas. After…

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Munchkin Loves his Jumperoo

Munchkin Loves his Jumperoo
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A friend has a son around 6 weeks older than Oliver and she shared a video of her son in a Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo a couple of months ago. It looked brilliant and her…

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